With a strong roster of dining options and bars, you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for in Midtown East, whether it’s a meal composed of classic dishes, or small plates of new inventive flavors. You won’t have to go far to find an exceptional meal. This area teems with every imaginable cuisine — Japanese, French, American, Italian — and it’s all within walking distance and at every imaginable value. From swanky restaurants touting glittering Michelin stars to little-known spots waiting to be discovered, there’s no shortage of tastes to explore.
Wollensky’s Grill stands as an equally satisfying but more casual option for its famed sister restaurant, Smith and Wollensky. Find the same care and culinary attention paid to all-things-beef here, with options ranging from the house steak sirloin to a Cajun-spiced filet mignon. The Grill stands out as they offer late dining until 2AM, should you find yourself hankering for a dynamite steakhouse burger that’s often regarded as one of the city’s best.
201 E 49th St, New York, NY 10022
Hillstone is part of widely successful chain of New American fare, with this Midtown location situated in the Atrium Shoppes. While the menu isn’t extensive, they serve reliably good meals including a lauded spinach-artichoke dip. The low-lit ambience is a sharp contrast from the bustle outside the door, and the attentive service complements the comfort food to make for an indulgent and relaxing meal.
888 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022
Avra Estiatorio Midtown
Avra Estiatorio on 48th is a restaurant that transports you to the Greece of your imagination. The sky is vivid blue and the air is drenched with sunlight and the aroma of freshly caught fish grilling over an open fire.
141 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017
Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles
When in New York, you must try the pizza. And where better than Roberta’s—the decades-old, Brooklyn-based institution known for its sustainable-food ethos and locally-sourced ingredients? This Manhattan outpost is housed within the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall (note that the stand gets quite crowded), offering pies like the exceptional Bee Sting, made with Roberta’s’ signature spicy honey and the three-cheese Cheesus Christ (mozzarella, taleggio, parmigiano).
230 Park Ave, New York, NY 10169
The jack-of-all-trades Smith, Midtown is a staple, go-to spot for after-work drinks, quick and comforting dinners, group celebrations, and where to hit a first date out of the park. Great for indoor and outdoor dining, pick up, or delivery daily.
956 Second Ave, New York, NY
This NYC-centric chain of Japanese steakhouses gets great reviews for its very unique approach to their steaks. Guests have the option of sitting at a table with a stove embedded in the center, so they can barbeque their meat to their own liking. It’s ideal for groups who love a fun and interactive dining experience.
805 3rd Ave, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10022
La Pecora Bianca Midtown
Located in Midtown East, La Pecora Bianca, (which means “the white sheep” in Italian), offers a relaxed, all-day dining experience, serving vibrant Italian fare in a beautiful setting with an approachable menu that emphasizes vegetables, house-made pastas (gluten free available upon request) and seasonality, with thoughtful, locally sourced ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner.
950 Second Ave, New York, NY 10022
This classic, white-clothed American steakhouse offers not only delicious steaks, but also an extensive menu of classic, well-loved American fare. True to the steakhouse ethos, food and drink here skew towards the decadent: a lobster BLT, a Wagyu sirloin served with truffle hand-cut fries, and, for dessert, a butterscotch pot de creme. After dinner, head up to the larger bar on the roof for cognac and cigars.
160 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017
This upscale pan-Italian restaurant delivers on the high-quality food promised by the décor and prices. Attentive staff and an impressive menu make this Italian restaurant a must for any food-lovers visiting the city. Looking for a date-night spot? There are always colorful flowers on the table here, and the spectacular service will make your date’s mushroom ravioli and veal chop that much more delicious.
337 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
P.J. Clarke’s offers traditional American pub food and burgers, but still stands out amongst the rest in the city and is not to be missed. The den of beef may be known for its burgers—including The “Cadillac” made with double-smoked country bacon and American cheese—but you won’t go wrong with steak frites, baby back ribs, or a country-style chicken pot pie either.
915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
Rosa Mexicano has become popular for introducing high-quality authentic regional Mexican cuisine to New York City, using fresh ingredients to present favorites like the guacamole, prepared tableside, and the signature beer-and-lemon-marinated short ribs with salsa ranchera. Make sure you come thirsty—their frozen margaritas are hard to pass up!
251 East 52ns Street at Second Ave, New York, NY 10022
One of the most successful contenders of NYC’s “clubstaurant” era, the interior of Tao is instantly recognizable by its giant Buddha centerpiece. Located just south of Central Park, the uptown location is housed in what was one a 19th century stable for the Vanderbilt family. It serves up the same reliable classics as the downtown flagship, including the now world-famous spicy tuna tartare on crispy rice and the satay of miso-glazed Chilean sea bass.
42 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022
Cask Bar & Kitchen
Local neighborhood bar set in Murray Hill, with a causal yet comfy atmosphere. Enjoy a wide range of craft beers and delicious comfort food to delight your taste buds.
167 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016